The earliest hooked rugs of colonial America were first made out of necessity, since carpets from Europe and Asia were unaffordable to the colonialists. Hooked rugs were not just a practical floor covering, but often made of colorful scraps of cloth in unique, artful designs that depicted domestic scenes. In the mid-1800s, Jute burlap, used in shipping in the mid-1800s, became widely used for the backing of rugs. Women of the house used metal or whale bone hooks to pull the scraps through the burlap. A blend of rugged and fine cloth scraps created varied texture and coloration. The “rugs” were actually first used as bed coverings and blankets to keep people warm on the cold New England nights.
By the late 18th century, hooked rugs had become extremely popular as a craft in rural New England. Throughout the years, the hooked rug has continued to be a favorite style of floor covering.
All of our wool hooked rugs are still completely handhooked for an authentic texture, character, feel and coloration. Each depicts a domestic scene that continues the 200 year old tradition of hooked rugs. Our synthetic rugs are fantastic for use in high traffic areas. Machine hooked, they handle abuse well, resist soil and water, and are completely machine washable. And they each display a charming domestic scene.
Orvis has a wide variety of hooked rugs in various colors, patterns and sizes, in round, oval and rectangular rugs.